Andrew Marantz

ARTSY: Erin and Sambo work on a mural at the Kampong Chhnang orphanage.

Coming of Age in Cambodia

This past July, a few high school students and I sat around an unusable fireplace in an air-conditioned library at Yale. The teenagers wore flip-flops and short shorts and sunburns; they peppered their speech with “like,” as well as their newly acquired SAT vocabulary. At my behest, they were discussing the ethicist Peter Singer.